Willamina Visioning

Sustainable Cities and Regions, Portland State University

About Smart Sustainable Cities

A smart sustainable city is an innovative city that uses information and communication technologies (ICTs) and other means to improve quality of life, efficiency of urban operation and services, and competitiveness, while ensuring that it meets the needs of present and future generations with respect to economic, social and environmental aspects. [ITU-T Focus Group]

Smart urbanism merges information and communications technologies; energy, resource and infrastructure technologies into networks that create sustainable, resilient, regenerative, urban-rural ecosystems with vibrant communities, thriving economies and biodiverse environments.

The Sustainable Cities and Regions course explores the questions of whether and how cities can be sustainable—and how they can continue as places that sustain cultures, economics, and nature. Basic technological and theoretical models of human-nature interaction will be considered, along with visionary possibilities for the future of cities and urban regions, in Oregon and globally. “Sustainable Cities and Regions”  (USP 569) is within the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, College of Urban Studies and Affairs at Portland State University, Oregon, USA.